Today is #GivingTuesday, a day when we turn our attention away for a moment from holiday shopping for family and friends and tune into important causes within our communities and around the world.
Perhaps the most important ingredient that makes open source projects successful is diverse and vibrant developer communities. To create thriving open source communities for the long term, we must support efforts to expand computer science education, especially amongst communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in both technology and financial services.
And so, on this #GivingTuesday, here are some computer science education non profit organizations you might consider supporting:
Another great idea, as FINOS friend Fred Wilson suggested, is to fully fund a Donors Choose teacher project related to computer science education.
On a related note, next week is Computer Science Education week. You (and perhaps a few of your team) might consider volunteering to do an Hour of Code in a school next week -- see more info about how to volunteer from Code.org. If you’re based in NYC, our Director of Programs, Rob Underwood, who has organized Hour of Code events in the past might be able to suggest some ideas too.
As a non profit ourselves, FINOS is blessed to be financially supported by generous members who believe in our mission to expand open source adoption within financial services. Each of us in the FINOS community are fortunate to do work we love in the industry we do. This #GivingTuesday let’s pass on that good fortune to the next generation and spark their interest in computer science.